Growing your team organically

Growing your team organically

Lambda Days 2016 is just around a corner, what reminds me a conversation I had a year ago (at Lambda Days 2015) with guys from Klarna. We were discussing their business & what's under its hood (Erlang is ;D). It was one of the periods of my heavy recruitment, so I couldn't resist & I've asked them straight - where do they get these Erlangers from, because I'm struggling with finding decent .NETters & these are far easier to find, I believe. Their answer was brief - we don't recruit them, we raise them (educate/teach, you've got the idea)…

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What makes up the organization's backbone

What makes up the organization's backbone

Core values. Mission statement. Vision statement. Organizational DNA. I was always very skeptical in terms of the actual meaning of those. Is it really possible to cover the essence of company's culture in such a short form without being over-generic or inaccurate? And do people really need such 'obvious obviosities'? What for? Isn't it a clear proof that something is wrong if they need this formulated so clearly, like something to be constantly reminded about? But I was wrong. Most likely because it worked too well & smoothly in the organizations I worked for. People understood them (core values), adapted…

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The winter rant: worst enemy of agile - waterfall environment around

For at least two years our team does the projects in a lean way: we don’t do detailed planning as it doesn’t make any sense - what we do is highly unpredictable: we rarely do something we did earlier, so all the estimations (based on experience) would go to trash bin two hours after being completed.We also change priorities very frequently, due to highly reactive (adaptive) character of our work. That’s why all we do is put in the Kanban board - we make sure we don’t have too much WIP,…

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